Keeping in Touch

Click here for our Service for the 9th Sunday After Trinity (9 Aug)

You can watch previous services here 


From my garden I love watching the joy children have playing on the beach. Yesterday I watched two boys about 3 and 5, brothers, I think, run down to the water with their bright coloured plastic buckets (children always seem to run when there is something exciting to do). The boys filled the buckets with water and then staggered back to the top of the beach as the buckets seemed to get heavier the further they carried them. Then, with squeals of delight, they poured the water over their heads and watched it run down to their feet Happiness is… In one of this week’s gospel readings Jesus says ‘unless you become like children you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven’. Now I’m not suggesting you put on your bathers, go to the beach and pour a bucket of cold sea water over your head, although on hot days like we’ve been having that may be just what you feel like doing. But how about doing something for the pure joy of it. It may be sitting with a cup of tea and a biscuit in your favourite spot, watching the clouds, ringing a friend… Who knows what you will think of? May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him: Romans 15:13. God Bless Sue


This Sunday 

Our churches are gradually reopening for public worship and you are welcome to join us this Sunday (16 Aug):

9.30am Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth

10.00am Village Worship at St John’s, Bishopsteignton

10.30am Holy Communion at St Mary’s, Ideford 11.30am Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Teignmouth

And on Tuesday 9.30am Holy Communion at St Michael’s. Following the recent government announcement, please wear a face covering. You will also be asked to sanitise your hands and provide contact details for NHS Test and Trace. We quite understand if you do not feel able to return to church at this time and we are continuing our Online Services. Click here to watch our newsest service and you can watch previous services here.

The Gospel reading for this coming Sunday will be either Matthew 15:21-28 or Luke 1:46-55.

St James, Teignmouth, St Mary the Virgin, Ideford and St John the Evangelist, Luton will open later this month. The PCC at St Nectan’s and Ashcombe have decided not to reopen at this time. 

Open for Personal Prayer

St Michael’s, Teignmouth is open 10am-2pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays

St Mary’s, Ideford is open 10am-4pm on Wednesdays and 2nd & 4th Sundays

St John’s, Bishopsteignton is open 10am-12 noon on Wednesdays

There is also a Quiet Space in the churchyard at St John’s, Bishopsteignton which is open all day, every day for anyone to use.

Summer Songs of Praise

Our Online Service on Sunday 30 August will be a ‘Songs of Praise’, featuring hymns and songs chosen by members of our six churches – so that means you! If you have a favourite song or hymn that you would like included please send the title (or first line) plus a brief explanation about why it is special to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 24 August.


Although our own telephone reflection and prayer meeting have now ended, do make use of DailyHOPE, a free phoneline of hymns, reflections and prayers provided by the Church of England by calling 0800 804 8044. They are also offering a ‘Holiday at Home’ reflection during August.

Coronavirus Scams & Frauds

Sadly, some people are being caught out by scams and frauds in the current times. Here’s some information from Devon Rural Churches Forum which may be helpful.

A message from Roderick & Claire ‘To the Haldon Team of Churches: Thank you to all of you for the very generous farewell gift from everyone but more especially, thank you all for your warmth and friendship over the last few years. It has been a joy to get to know you all and we will hold you in our prayers as you look forward to the appointment of a new Team Rector. Roderick & Claire’

Praying at home Information and resources can be downloaded here. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the clergy. If you have a specific prayer request please send details to Mervyn Niblett, Team Administrator. He will pass it on in strict confidence to the clergy for their prayers. The clergy will also be happy to pray over the phone soo please do contact them.  We appreciate this is a time of concern and please be assured of our prayers and support.